Health

State of Emergency Declared in Yemen Over Cholera Outbreak

DUBAI, May 15 – Cholera has killed at least 115 people in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, the local Saba news agency said, after authorities on Sunday declared a state of emergency over the outbreak and called for international help to avert disaster. Sanaa is controlled by the armed Houthi movement, which is aligned with Iran

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Cholera Outbreak in Yemen Kills 25 People in a Week

SANAA, May 8 – A cholera outbreak in Yemen killed 25 people this week, the World Health Organization said, as two years of war continues to wreak havoc on the impoverished country’s health and sanitation system. The deaths from the diarrhoeal disease which is carried in food and water tainted by human faeces are among

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Canadian Marijuana Companies look to get Creative with Brand Building

By Leah Schnurr OTTAWA, Dec 16 – Canadian marijuana firms, facing potential limits on advertising for recreational pot, are selling health food products and cultivating a lifestyle image to win customers in an anticipated multibillion dollar market. Canada is set to become the first G7 country to legalize recreational marijuana nationally when it introduces legislation

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Under Pollution Alert, Beijing Orders 1,200 Factories to Shut or cut Output

BEIJING, Dec 17 – Beijing’s city government has ordered 1,200 factories near the Chinese capital, including an oil refinery run by state oil major Sinopec and a Cofco food plant, to either shut or cut output following its highest possible air pollution warning. Environmental authorities issued a red alert that started on Friday night and

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Dutch Destroy 63,000 Hens in Response to Bird Flu Outbreak

AMSTERDAM, Dec 13  – Dutch authorities ordered the destruction of 63,000 broiler hens on Tuesday after bird flu was identified at a poultry farm in the northern province of Friesland, the country’s fourth outbreak so far this winter. Bird flu has spread across Europe in recent weeks, forcing some farmers to slaughter flocks or keep

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Fight Against Malaria Hampered by Flatlining Funds

By Kate Kelland LONDON, Dec 13 – Funding shortfalls and fragile health systems are undermining progress against malaria and could jeopardise efforts to reach globally agreed targets on the way to eventual elimination, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. Publishing its annual report on how the world is tackling the often deadly mosquito-borne

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More Pilot Mental Health Checks, Alcohol Testing on Cards Under EU Proposals

BERLIN, Dec 11 – The European Commission will propose legislation next year requiring airlines to run mental health checks on pilots before they start commercial flying, as part of efforts to prevent a recurrence of last year’s Germanwings crash. Authorities have been looking at ways to toughen pilot screening and better assess their mental health after

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WHO urges Trump to Expand Obamacare, Ensure Healthcare for All

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Dec 10 – The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday urged U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to expand Obamacare and ensure all Americans have access to healthcare. The real estate magnate takes office next month after promising to repeal outgoing President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare policy which helped millions more Americans get medical insurance

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Britain Publishes Draft Sugar Tax

By Martinne Geller LONDON, Dec 5  – Britain moved forward with its planned sugar tax on Monday, publishing draft legislation confirming a two-band levy for sugar-added soft drinks aimed at fighting obesity. In opting for a sugar tax, Britain joins Belgium, France, Hungary and Mexico, all of which have imposed some form of tax on

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Egyptian Man Grows ‘Beard of Bees’, Hopes to Promote Apian Benefits

By Amr Abdallah Dalsh SHIBIN EL KOM, Egypt, Dec 4 – Mohamed Hagras stands bare chested as dozens of honeybees congregate around his face, eventually forming what he calls the “Beard of Bees”. To attract the insects he has a box housing their queen’s hormones strapped to his chin. The 31-year-old engineer-turned-beekeeper has been doing this

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